Red Faber made his major league debut with the Chicago White Sox on April 17, 1914. Valuable Red Faber baseball collectibles include Chicago White Sox player's contracts, 1917 World Series baseballs, American League passes, signed balls and 1933 goudey baseball cards.
Cascade, Iowa-born Urban Clarence "Red" Faber (1888-1976) was one of the premier pitchers of his era. Faber played his entire 1914-1933 major league career with the Chicago White Sox, amassing a 254-213 won-loss record, 1,471 strikeouts, 29 shutouts and a lifetime earned run average of 3.15. A four-time 20-game winner (1915, 1920, 1921, 1922), Red Faber was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964.
Here are ten valuable Red Faber baseball collectibles that are sure to interest historians and sports memorabilia collectors. Now taking the mound once again #18 Red Faber...
Red Faber 1933 Goudey Baseball Card
Card #79 Urban (Red) Faber appears in the 1933 Goudey Gum baseball series. One graded example in PSA near mint-mint 8 condition sold at auction for $1,880.
Red Faber 1933 Goudey card $1,880 - Robert Edward Auctions
Red Faber 1926 Chicago White Sox Contract
Red Faber posted a record of 12-11 in 1925 with a 3.78 earned run average. Subsequently, Red's 1926 contract called for an annual salary of $10,000. This historic four-page document, signed by Faber, American League president Ban Johnson and Chicago White Sox owner Charles Comiskey (facsimile), brought $3,525 at auction.
Red Faber 1926 White Sox contract $3,525 - Robert Edward Auctions
Red Faber 1965 American League Pass
Red Faber's 1965 American League pass sold at auction for $101.58. The pass enabled Red and "Party" unlimited access to any American League ballpark in 1965. Rank, not to mention Hall of Fame status, had its privileges back then.
Red Faber 1965 American League pass in original leather sleeve $101.58 - Heritage Auctions
Red Faber Signed Gold Hall of Fame Plaque Postcard
A gold Hall of Fame plaque postcard signed by Red Faber fetched a top bid of $60.95 at auction.
Red Faber Signed Index Card
A 3x5-inch lined index card autographed by Red Faber sold at auction for $32.
Red Faber Single Signed Baseball
An Official National League baseball from the Warren Giles era of the 1950s signed by U.C "Red" Faber on a side panel brought $657.25 at auction.
Red Faber signed ball $657.25 - Heritage Auctions
Red Faber 1917 World Series Last Out Baseball
Red Faber and the Chicago White Sox triumphed in the 1917 World Series, beating the New York Giants four games to two. Red Faber won three games in that Fall Classic. The last out baseball from that Series inscribed in Red's hand – "World Series 1917, White Sox 4, NY Giants 2, Final Game, Faber vs. Benton" – sold at auction for $33,830.06, despite being in less than stellar condition.
Red Faber 1917 World Series last out ball $33,830.06 - Lelands.com
Red Faber 1921 Photograph
An original 1921 8x10-inch photograph picturing Red Faber in excellent condition brought $119.50 at auction.
Red Faber Signed Postcard
A postcard autographed by Red Faber sold for $211.94.
Red Faber 2006 Upper Deck Legendary Cuts Baseball Card
Card #61 Red Faber graces the 2006 Upper Deck Legendary Cuts baseball series. One example in mint condition sold for $1.99.
Red Faber 2006 Upper Deck Legendary Cuts card $1.99 - Amazon.com
Red Faber Sports Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- Auction/sales results and images courtesy Robert Edward Auctions, Watchung, New Jersey; Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas; Lelands.com, Bohemia, New York; Amazon.com
- Top image: Red Faber 1933 Goudey baseball card #79 in graded SGC 80 excellent/near mint 6 condition $145.79 - Heritage Auctions
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